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Plants are Stuck as Seed-Eating Animals Decline

Plants are Stuck as Seed-Eating Animals Decline

Plants are Stuck as Seed-Eating Animals Decline Andrea Thompson As Earth heats up from the burning of fossil fuels, the climate conditions that species have adapted to are increasingly shifting away from their historical ranges. But while birds and other animals can often fly, walk or swim to follow their preferred environment, plants are quite…

Unexpected: Desert Plants Are Struggling in Higher Heat

Unexpected: Desert Plants Are Struggling in Higher Heat

Unexpected: Desert Plants Are Struggling in Higher Heat Adam Aton, E&E News Even desert plants have their limits. As dryland ecosystems experience stronger heat waves and droughts, scientists have wondered how climate change might affect the hardy plants that thrive in harsh deserts or dry mountains. With about 40% of the world covered…

Killer Leaves Emerge from Plant-Butterfly Arms Race

Killer Leaves Emerge from Plant-Butterfly Arms Race

Killer Leaves Emerge from Plant-Butterfly Arms Race Chris Baraniuk A few plants in the cabbage and mustard family pay a dramatic price to fend off hungry caterpillars: they kill off patches of their own leaves where butterflies have laid eggs. Deprived of a living anchor, the eggs shrivel and die. These plants’ egg-slaying abilities have…

Bundles of Plant-Water-Transportation Cells Resemble Snake Eyes

Bundles of Plant-Water-Transportation Cells Resemble Snake Eyes Andrea Gawrylewski Like all living creatures, plants rely on the transportation of water and minerals throughout their body. Xylem is a vascular tissue that moves substances from plants’ roots to their leaves. Tracheid cells exclusively transport water and minerals, and they are one of several types that make…

Futuristic Solar Plants Plagued by Glitches, Poor Training

Futuristic Solar Plants Plagued by Glitches, Poor Training

Futuristic Solar Plants Plagued by Glitches, Poor Training John Fialka A hectic pace of development spurred by expiring national and state incentive programs has caused multiple reliability problems among the world’s most advanced solar energy plants, according to a study by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Hurrying to complete plants and meet…